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Molywinch: Electric PG/HG Winch

Molywinch: Electric PG/HG Winch

A team of German engineers and pilots have developed an electric winching system for paragliders and hang gliders that is capable of step towing “smoothly and efficiently” even in rough conditions. The Molywinch is built by Molitor Antriebstechnik GmbH, and the team behind it say it is a powerful and reliable electric double drum winching system which requires virtually […]





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Icaro Pica – EN A paraglider

Icaro Pica – EN A paraglider

Icaro have unveiled their new school-and-beyond paraglider – the EN A Pica. With it Icaro promise “easy take-offs and top safety,” to get beginners airborne.  It’s a hybrid three-liner, with just two main lines on each side. This makes line-sorting nice and easy, they say, as is the launch itself – the wing will rise overhead “almost […]





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Razeebuss release updated Radicall power unit

Razeebuss release updated Radicall power unit

  Razeebuss have announced an updated version of their auxiliary power unit for paragliders: they say the second-generation Radicall is 25% more powerful, thanks to its reduced drag. The chassis has been redesigned, and part of the lower frame has been removed altogether which saves on both weight and drag. The total weight of the harness and power […]





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Sky Country Escort 2 tandem

Sky Country Escort 2 tandem

Sky Country have announced a new tandem paraglider for powered and unpowered flying, with a specially reinforced version for trikes. The company say the Escort 2 has a higher aspect ratio than the original, and an optimised line layout which together result in a better glide. The Escort 2 is built in a ‘traditional’ style – Sky Country say they […]





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FlyGIN Lite Tech jacket

FlyGIN Lite Tech jacket

FlyGIN have unveiled a new “fast and light” wind- and water-resistant jacket for flying and travelling adventures. The Lite Tech jacket has pit zips, an offset front zipper and a mesh lining for comfort, and Velcro cuffs and a balaclava style hood to keep inclement weather out. The shell material is 100% polyester, and it is available in […]





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U-Turn Blackout acro wing

U-Turn Blackout acro wing

U-Turn’s Blackout is an all-out acro wing with forgiving handling to suit beginners, yet the dynamism to wow professionals. It’s “made to make the dynamic easy to handle”.  The company say the wing is as lightweight as it can be to ensure the handling is sweet, but acro wings are worked hard and it is built to last. U-Turn have […]





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Sky Country Discovery 5: EN B

Sky Country Discovery 5: EN B

Sky Country say the Discovery 5 is a simple, reliable and user-friendly EN B wing, which has come a long way in design terms since the first Discovery was released ten years ago. Modern construction techniques such as plastic leading edge reinforcements, trailing edge miniribs and unsheathed upper lines all improve performance, while the aspect ratio and […]





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GIN Gingo Airlite harness

GIN Gingo Airlite harness

GIN have released a new lightweight airbag harness for beginner, leisure and cross-country pilots. At around 3.5kg, GIN say the Gingo Airlite is one of the lightest harnesses of its type. GIN say it’s a high quality and versatile airbag harness, which is light and compact and made from abrasion-resistant honeycomb ripstop fabric. The harness has an underseat reserve, and an […]





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UP’s 2015 paragliding T-shirts

UP’s 2015 paragliding T-shirts

UP have a new 100% cotton T-shirt design ready for the European summer. The ‘Horizon’ design is available in green, black and blue and sizes S, M, L and XL. It “looks stylish on the hill and off”, say UP. Available from UP dealers. www.up-paragliders.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com. Subscribe to the world’s […]





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Nova announce 2015 Team

Nova announce 2015 Team

Nova have announced the pilots that will be joining their team for 2015. The 20 new members include junior pilots, female newcomers and experienced pilots, plus there is a whole new team of eight French pilots captained by Sebastien Fiastre who will be scoring points in the CFD, the French cross-country league. Nova first set up their […]





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Hang Gliding World and European Championship dates

Hang Gliding World and European Championship dates

CIVL have announced that a Class 5 World championships event will take part in Krusevo, Macedonia, from 16 to 30 July 2016, at the same time and on the same site as the European Class 1 Championships. The practice event will take place on August 16 to 23, 2015, and is open to Class 1 and […]





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CIVL seek competition coordinator

CIVL seek competition coordinator

CIVL are looking to recruit a new competitions coordinator. Applications to be received by 23 April 2016. The press release from CIVL is as follows: The Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (CIVL) is seeking a suitable person to act as Competitions Coordinator Officer. The successful applicant will have some knowledge […]





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Apco Lift EZ – reflex PPG wing for all pilots

Apco Lift EZ – reflex PPG wing for all pilots

The Lift EZ is Apco’s latest paramotor wing, designed to be easy to fly for all pilots from beginners to experts. Apco say it has the performance of the Lift and a similar feel, with the same speed range and trim speed, but is much easier to take off, fly and land. During the design process […]





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Flytec Connect 1 test pilot selection

Flytec Connect 1 test pilot selection

Flytec have reported that over 100 applications responded to their call for test pilots for their new Connect 1 ‘smartvario,’ in the first 24 hours of them having posted it.  Applications are being received until 6 April 2015. Flytec say the first units will be ready by the end of March 2015, of which the first 100 will be sold to the […]





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AirDesign Ride 2 tandem paraglider

AirDesign Ride 2 tandem paraglider

AirDesign have upgraded the Ride tandem, and say the new Ride 2 has improved launch characteristics and more agile, responsive handling. AD say the wing turns nice and tightly with minimal effort, feeling much like a solo wing to pilot. The fedback is solid yet brake pressure is light and comfortable, increasing progressively right through to the stall […]





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Ozone Rapido speed wing

Ozone Rapido speed wing

Ozone say the Rapido is a new design of speed wing for experienced speedriding pilots who are pushing the limits of steep carving flights, low barrel rolls, and long swoops. It features a wider glide range, higher trim speed and wider acceleration window than the other speed wings in Ozone’s range. www.flyozone.com • Got news? […]





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Nova’s concertina packing bag

Nova’s concertina packing bag

Nova’s concertina packing bag is made from waterproof fabric, but breathes thanks to mesh inserts. It has an integral riser bag and straps to keep things compact. Actually, say Nova, the rods they use in the leading edge of their wings are small and soft and you can’t damage them, so there’s no need to […]





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Ozone’s Atom 3: EN A school wing

Ozone’s Atom 3: EN A school wing

Ozone believe their new school wing, the Atom 3 to be one of the safest and simplest-to-use wings they ever flown. It replaces the Element series of intro school gliders, and is designed for all levels of student training from first flights to soaring, top landing, thermalling and qualification. Particular attention has been made to the […]





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Apco’s split-legged paramotor harness

Apco’s split-legged paramotor harness

Apco have designed a split-legged harness for paramotorists. Light in weight, they say it offers an unencumbered take-off and easy weightshifting. The lack of a seat plate saves weight, and the harness weighs in at under 1.5kg. It is available in high- and low-hangpoint versions, one size fits all (with a zippered back extender) and is comfortable […]





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Axis Pluto 3: EN B for paramotor and free flying

Axis Pluto 3: EN B for paramotor and free flying

Axis’s Pluto 3 is a low-end EN B paraglider that Axis say is a very comfortable and user-friendly wing for both paragliding and paramotoring. A four-liner with a modest aspect ratio of 5.4, the Pluto 3 has a sharknose profile and an overall line consumption that is a massive 38% lower than the previous version, and […]





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